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Gary Moore: warned Chris Pea Green could skip Cheltenham for Aintree

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Triumph option for Chris Pea Green after cosy win

CHRIS PEA GREEN could be heading to the Cheltenham Festival after he followed up a Lingfield maiden hurdle win with a cosy victory in Huntingdon's 32Red Juvenile Hurdle.

He was cut to 33-1 (from 66) by Paddy Power for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham, although while the gelding's owners offered a public display of Festival fever in the winner's enclosure trainer Gary Moore was more circumspect.

He said: "He's in the Triumph and we may well go there, although he also has the option of waiting for Aintree. He keeps surprising us and before today I didn't really rate the form of his previous races but that was a good performance."

Rider Joshua Moore added: "He's quite a tall, gangly horse and his legs tend to go everywhere when he gets in a bit close but hopefully he can improve with a bit more schooling.

"He's got every right to go there [Triumph] - whether he's good enough is a different matter."

The race had been won by four odds-on favourites in six runnings but in the absence of any particularly short-priced runners 12-1 Chris Pea Green had 5-2 favourite Zamdy Man comfortably held seven lengths down in second.

Chris Pea Green had kicked clear of the field on the turn for home and had the race sewn up as soon as he successfully cleared the final flight.

Angelot Du Berlais ran on into third, while Paul Nicholl's Brinestine fell late on when already out of contention.

 
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